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St. Olaf scientist receives $680,000 grant for Antarctic study
AUGUST 31, 2009

Professor of Physics Bob Jacobel is one of 11 scientists who will take part in a National Science Foundation-funded five-year study of subglacial environments.

Sneak peek at 'A Serious Man'
AUGUST 28, 2009

Those eager to see St. Olaf College on the big screen can get a sneak peek with the trailer for Joel and Ethan Coen's new film, A Serious Man, that features several scenes shot on campus.

'Metro Lutheran' features two alumni
AUGUST 28, 2009

The September issue of Metro Lutheran features two stories about Oles: physician Stuart Cox '89 and St. Paul Saints pitcher Charlie Ruud '04.

Sierra Club grades St. Olaf 'B+'
AUGUST 27, 2009

Sierra Club's third annual ranking of "planet-preserving" colleges and universities ranks St. Olaf No. 36 out of 135 schools, earning it a grade of "B+."

VIDEO NEWS: Volleyball team looks forward to new season
AUGUST 27, 2009

Watch this video to see Volleyball Coach Cindy Book and team members talk about their upcoming season. "If we can pick up where we ended last season, we'll be really successful," Kelly Prunty '11 says.

Constitution Day to feature Lincoln presentation
AUGUST 25, 2009

This year’s Constitution Day event at St. Olaf will be tied with the ongoing Abraham Lincoln bicentennial when Frank J. Williams, former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island, will present a public lecture on "Lincoln and the Constitution."

'Diabetes Forecast' quotes St. Olaf student
AUGUST 24, 2009

A story in Diabetes Forecast magazine titled "College and Diabetes: On Campus and On Course" quotes St. Olaf student and varsity football player Matt Nelson '09 about dealing with diabetes while in college.

VIDEO NEWS: Ole football gears up for season
AUGUST 21, 2009

The St. Olaf football team is back on campus to prepare for the upcoming season. Watch this video for interviews with Coach Olszewski and members of the team. "We're going to rip the field up," Nick Tolen '10 says.

St. Olaf named to U.S. News 'Top 50'
AUGUST 20, 2009

For the second consecutive year, St. Olaf College has been named among the Top 50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News. The 2010 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s "America's Best Colleges" ranks St. Olaf at 49 in their rating of the nation’s 266 liberal arts colleges.

VIDEO NEWS: Singing -- correctly -- in Norwegian
AUGUST 20, 2009

St. Olaf Professor of Music Dan Dressen has long collected Nordic songs for St. Olaf’s music library, making a little-known repertoire available to singers. But with so many singers unfamiliar with the Norwegian language, Dressen has decided to create a Norwegian lyric diction guide.

Qian teaches master classes in Taiwan
AUGUST 17, 2009 — This summer St. Olaf Assistant Professor/Clarinet Jun Qian traveled to Taiwan and China to teach master classes and more.

Fishing magazine features popular St. Olaf class
AUGUST 14, 2009 — A recent issue of Midwest Fly Fishing magazine included "Fly Fishing for College Credit," a story that featured the "Fly Fishing/Fly Tying" class taught by Scott Nesbit.

DuRocher to edit Milton
AUGUST 14, 2009 — St. Olaf Professor of English Richard DuRocher has been appointed to the editorial board of Milton Quarterly, a publication devoted to discussing the life and works of 17th-century English poet and author John Milton.

Marino says real healthcare problem is 'compassion deficiency'
AUGUST 13, 2009

St. Olaf Professor of Philosophy Gordon Marino writes in the Christian Science Monitor that "The healthcare debate has revealed that Americans suffer from a compassion deficiency."

'New Voices for Research' interviews Umbanhowar
AUGUST 12, 2009 — The "New Voices for Research" blog recently asked St. Olaf Professor of Biology and Summer Research Director Charles Umbanhowar Jr. about his perspective on working with undergraduate researchers.

VIDEO NEWS: St. Olaf summer research ranges from swallows to politics
AUGUST 12, 2009 — As at most colleges, the pace of life at St. Olaf slows down during the summer months. But it's still not difficult to find labs buzzing with activity as students and faculty take advantage of summer hours to concentrate on a variety of research projects.

MPR looks at new 'direct lending' process at St. Olaf
AUGUST 10, 2009 — Minnesota Public Radio's Tim Post spoke recently with St. Olaf Dean of Student Financial Aid Kathy Ruby about the college's change to direct lending, which simplifies the financial aid process for students and parents.

Alumna makes baseball history
AUGUST 10, 2009

When she took over as first-base coach for the Brockton Rox of Massachusetts this spring, Justine Siegal '98 became the first female coach in men's professional baseball. She discusses her love for the game, how players initially reacted to having a woman coach, and more.

Hofrenning grades Congress, president on MPR's 'Midday' program
AUGUST 8, 2009 — Dan Hofrenning, professor of political science at St. Olaf, was the featured guest on a recent Minnesota Public Radio Midday program where Hofrenning presented "A recess report card for Congress and the president."

Ole athletes earn academic honors
AUGUST 4, 2009 — Members of the St. Olaf men's and women's track and field teams, and the men's swimming and diving team have earned national academic honors. The track and field teams also were named All-Academic teams.

Emeritus faculty member Ralph Haugen dies
AUGUST 1, 2009 — Ralph Haugen, professor emeritus of theater, died July 30. During his tenure at St. Olaf he directed more than 60 theater productions and played a key role in the development of the college's Speech-Theater Building.